Founded by Osman Semerci in 2008, EMEA Capital is a privately held investment company specialising in investments across financial markets and private equity that is headquartered in London with offices also located in Istanbul and Barcelona. EMEA Capital’s experienced partners and support staff invest their capital across a range of financial, private-equity, and real-estate markets. EMEA Capital is run by the Founder and Managing Partner Osman Semerci and other Managing Partners; Dimitrios Psyllidis, Can Uran, and Uzay Kozak, all of whom are veteran professionals with years of experience in global markets. These executives bring EMEA Capital years of knowledge and experience gained by working for industry giants, such as Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and UBS.
In 2019, Osman Semerci entered the alternative finance sector through his investment in Moneybaba, a fintech group focused on emerging markets in countries throughout Africa and Latin America. Headquartered in London, Moneybaba is headed by Marcelo Barreneche, a serial entrepreneur originally from Uruguay. Barreneche launched Moneybaba with the goal of revolutionising finance in emerging markets.
People in developing countries often do not have bank accounts or access to basic financial products, such as loans. Moneybaba uses ground-breaking technology to offer loan options through online applications and by means of selected vendors in physical locations by means of POS systems. The innovative products are mainly aimed at individuals who have limited financial histories and who would otherwise not be able to borrow money. Moneybaba aims to simplify finance in emerging markets by offering a revolutionary new way of obtaining financial products.
In December 2018, Osman Semerci brought his experience and expertise in global finance to this leading independent brokerage when he was appointed as a consultant to Finance & Insurance’s board of directors. Headquartered in Istanbul, Finance & Insurance is an independent broker specialising in bespoke, client-focused solutions for credit insurance, political-risk insurance, surety bonds, and contractors’ insurance. The company’s services include policy management, financing of receivables, and risk management. The company works with the International Credit Brokers Alliance, a global network that provides trade-finance and credit-management solutions to more than 10,000 customers in 60 countries across the globe.
In 2018, Osman Semerci expanded his portfolio to include the health-food industry by investing in Little Farm, a London-based health-food shop and restaurant. Little Farm prepares meals made with fresh, high-quality ingredients directly sourced from local farmers. Every meal is clean, tasty, and packed with nutrients. The menu was designed with the aim of maintaining simplicity without compromising on taste. The brand was created to give customers the experience of eating farm products freshly prepared in a friendly environment with an exclusive and distinguished feel.